April 2017
Naturally Yours
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Spring Volunteer Opportunities


Tree Planting, Thursday, April 6, 8:30-3 p.m. Come help restore Bobcat Ridge Natural Area by planting native ponderosa trees! Please be ready for a 1.5 mile uphill hike to the site where we will be planting 210 ponderosa pine seedlings.  Free, register here.

National Volunteer Month Clean-Up, Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m.- 12 noon. Celebrate and help clean up one of your newest natural areas, Goose Hollow! Volunteers will be picking up trash, and removing vegetation- including the option to do clean-up via kayak! Thanks to Odell Brewing Company and United Way of Larimer County for project management support and volunteer appreciation! After all of your hard work, volunteers are invited to Odell's for refreshments! Free, registration required.

Poudre River Clean-up, Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m- 12 noon, Lee Martinez Park- Pitch in and help clean-up the Poudre River Corridor! Join Mountain Whitewater Descents, Save the Poudre, and the Natural Areas Department for the annual spring clean-up. All you need is gloves, sunscreen and the desire to make a difference. Please carpool, bike or walk to reduce congestion. Free, no registraton required but you can sign up for a reminder and updates.

Help Your Community as a Master Naturalist Assistant


Volunteer Master Naturalist Assistants go along on educational field trips on natural areas and help out with props, equipment, handouts, and evaluations. They are a wonderful support the Master Naturalist volunteers who lead the field trips. Becoming a Master Naturalist Assistant is a rewarding outdoor volunteer experience, plus you will learn about local natural history and explore natural areas with other interested volunteers.  Training is free and you must attend both days, Tuesday, June 13, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Thursday, June 15, 1-5 p.m. A background check is required. Apply here, applications are due May 22.

Restoration Update: Ponderosa at Bobcat Ridge


In the year 2000, the Bobcat Gulch wildfire burned 1,000 acres, including about two-thirds of the ponderosa pine trees at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.  Since the fire, few pine seedlings have established, particularly in areas far from seed-producing adult trees. Factors such as drought and non-native plant invasion add an extra challenge for new seedlings. This spring, with the help of volunteers, the Natural Areas Department plans to plant 210 ponderosa pine trees in an area previously treated for non-native cheatgrass.  This pilot project will inform future restoration efforts.

You Can Get Involved as a Citizen Scientist


Volunteers are invited to help collect long-term data about birds and butterflies to support Nature in the City’s vision of maintaining a connected open space network that is accessible to the entire community and provides a variety of high-quality habitats. No previous bird or butterfly identification skills are necessary because comprehensive training is provided.  Participants will attend one 2-hour training on either Thursday, May 4 or Saturday, May 6, complete their first monitoring survey with a program leader, and conduct three additional surveys throughout the summer. Learn more about the Volunteer Biodiversity Project here. The volunteer application will be available April 10 at https://engage.fcgov.com/d/na



Each month volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, in the parking lot off Carpenter Road. Free, no registration required. For weather updates, visit the NCAS website.

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 p.m.

Friday, June 2, 9 p.m.

See the calendar of all Natural Areas activities here.

Tracks & Trails Activities Start in June


With warm weather, excitement is building for a season of outdoor activities, classes and events. The booklet guide listing the Natural Areas Department's free offerings is called Tracks & Trails and it will be published in mid-May. Activities start June 1. As a subscriber to this newsletter, you will be notified when programs are listed online, before the printed version of Tracks & Trails is available! Watch your mailbox in mid-May for a special edition of this newsletter! Printed copies will be available at natural area kisoks, libraries, and at 75 local buisnesses, and the pdf will be posted at fcgov.com/naturalareas.


naturalareaslogo.gif Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional special editions. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Zoe Shark, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or zshark@fcgov.com.

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